Tuesday, January 31

confidence

Every speech the President gives is better than the one he gave before. He is confident. He is optimistic. He is right.

"We cannot find security by retreating into our borders."

"There is no peace in retreat. There is no honor in retreat."

"The U.S. will not retreat from the world and we will never surrender to evil."

"America rejects the false comfort of isolation."

"Iraqi's are showing their courage everyday and we are proud to be their allies in freedom."

Quite frankly, Bush is so intellectually superior to the opposition party, it's almost unfair. By comparison, the Democrats look silly. Tonight during the S.O.T.U., when Bush referenced Social Security and how the Left had obstructed the White House's efforts to reform it and save it, the Democrats leapt out of their seats, cheering.

So are we to take it that the Left wants Social Security to die? To just vanish? That's how I took it. They don't have any ideas to fix it anyway. According to the reasoning of the Left, maybe if they ignore it long enough, it'll just go away.

To his credit, Bush laid to rest that myth.

Like the kids say, 'Duh.'

MORE later...

louisiana said no to fema

So much for the myth that the Federal Government's response to hurricane Katrina was 'slow.' It turns out that dim-witted Louisiana officials actually turned down the offer from FEMA to help evacuate people as the storm was bearing down on New Orleans.

Only AFTER Katrina came ashore did state officials realize they were out of their depth and called in the Federal Government for assistance.

monkey, without the suit

Doesn't this guy own a tie?

Monday, January 30

iraq's wmd in syria?

What's this? Saddam Hussein had WMD but he shipped them to Syria in advance of the US-led invasion? No way! Do you mean to tell me that Sean Penn was wrong? Actors don't REALLY know about WMD? Get outta here!

Georges Sada, the former # 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force, claims in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," that ahead of the war, Saddam ordered the WMD moved to Syria, something many of us, including me, have been saying for the better part of three years.

"There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands," Mr. Sada said. "I am confident they were taken over."

Two Boeing passenger jets were converted to cargo planes. It was these planes that flew 56 flights to Syria (along with a ground convoy of trucks) transporting what Sada describes as "yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel."

This attacted no attention, according to Sada, because it was viewed as humanitarian aid to Syria after the collapse of a dam caused a severe flood in June '02.

Sada also points out that Ariel Sharon stated the following on Israel's Channel 2 on December 23, 2002: "Chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria."

Syria denied the claim.

I doubt very much that you'll see this information on CNN or in the NYT.

stay home

Will someone tell me why it is necessary for journalists--in this case ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt--to be in Iraq?

I'm terribly sorry about the severe injuries sustained by these two guys. But are journalists really getting stories from this war zone?

I'll admit that I enjoyed the embedded coverage at the start of the war. But now? No.

Bob Woodruff's got a wife. He's got a high profile new job. There are already plenty of people on the ground, people from ABC. Why go?

The fact is, reporters are just in the way. Soldiers have to shift their focus away from doing their jobs and make the safety of the reporters--civilians--their first priority. Why is the government allowing this?

ABC News is reporting that both men are 'showing improvement,' but on Drudge the news on Woodruff is that he 'suffered multiple broken ribs, and shoulder and skull fractures. Bomb fragments reportedly pierced Woodruff's neck and back, though apparently not his brain. Doctors have kept him unconscious; the extent of the head wounds was not clear. Woodruff underwent three hours of surgery on Monday to remove shrapnel.'

beer me


Another reason to love the Wall Street Journal: on Saturday, they published an expose on 'cracking the beer codes.'

More specifically the piece gave analysis of 18 popular beers and how to read their labels to tell just how old your beer is.

Right now, I'm drinking a Beck's and by looking at the label, I have absolutely no idea when this brew was made or when it is set to expire. But, if I were drinking a Foster's Lager, I would know now that, for example, if the label had 'E 25 5 23' printed on it, that would tell me that the 'E' represents the month, (May) '25' the day, and '5' the year (2005) my Foster's was brewed and put in the bottle.

Or if I were drinking a Bass Ale, one of my favorites. Just a few days ago, '23 K 5 4sx' would have meant nothing to me whatsoever. Now, however, I can tell you, my beer swilling buddies, that the '23' represents the day, the 'K' stands for the month, (October) and '5' is the year.

Oddly, Coors Light is the only beer in the sample that puts a date right on the label, 'Jan 01 06,' which is the beer's expiration date--112 days after manufacture.

See the handy chart on the left included for your enjoyment? You're welcome. Just click to enlarge it.

fire amanpour

If CNN desires respectability again, they should immediately fire Christiane Amanpour, the least objective journalist I've ever seen.

Amanpour is the cable net's 'top war correspondent,' which would require her, journalistically, NOT to state her own opinion on anything related to Iraq. Instead tonight, she called the war 'a disaster.'

If Amanpour, who famously rebuked her fellow 'journalists' for being soft on then-candidate George W. Bush in 2000--she incredulously asked 'how could we have let [his election] happen?--is so anxious to state her opinion then let her write an opinion piece for a newspaper.

The fact that she voices her opinion, an incorrect and unsubstantiated opinion at that, on the air of the network that pays her salary violates every journalistic principle in the book. She is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the profession.

'It just gets worse and worse,' Amanpour told Larry King of Iraq.

No Christiane. What gets worse and worse is CNN's coverage of a much more secure, and now free and democratic, Iraq.

state of the union

It's health care, stupid. And energy.

The only logical first step with curbing health care costs is to lower the costs of doctor and hospital care. When a doctor charges you $25 for an ace bandage or when a hospital charges $10 for an aspirin, you are being GOUGED.

Driving these costs down might very well might be some temporary Federal intervention. But it has to be done. Then insurance rates will come down to reflect the new market realities. Everyone is quick to blame the insurance companies for the high price of health care. That way of thinking is incorrect and narrow minded. Insurance rates are high now because of the price gouging from the medical providers, inflation and the trial lawyers.

Illegal immigration is a cause, too, of sky-rocketing health care costs and America and her citizens cannot continue to be expected to pay for non-citizens anymore. If non-citizens have the exact same rights and privileges of citizens, then what's the point of obeying the law, paying taxes, voting?

With regard to energy, it's going to take some time to get up to speed on new technologies and to bring those new products to market.

It is simply outrageous that lawmakers have, over the last thirty years, allowed our country to become so energy dependent on foreign sources of energy. If America is ever going to become energy independent, a good portion of our population is going to have to change their thinking and realize that we must take advantage of our own natural resources, at least in the short term. That means drilling for oil offshore and that means drilling in Alaska.

The radical environmentalists cannot be allowed to have a voice in energy policy any longer. The influence wielded by groups like Environmental Defense, the Sierra Club, the Earth Liberation Front, Greenpeace and a host of other organizations have been extremely detrimental to the national security of the United States.

confirmation

The Senate voted 72-25 to end debate on the Samuel Alito nomination, which means that Judge Alito will be confirmed tomorrow as the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island has pledged that he will vote against Alito's confirmation, the only Republican to do so.

s.a.g. awards

'Crash' is one of my favorite films of the last year and I'm thrilled it won best picture last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and NOT 'Brokeback Mountain.'

I haven't even seen 'Brokeback' by the way and it's not for the reason that you might think. Actually, there are two reasons. One, I hate everything that Ang Lee does. 'Hulk,' 'Sense And Sensibility,' 'Hidden Tiger, Crouching Dragon,' 'The Ice Storm. I think he's absolutely the worst director. Two, I hate Westerns. Not my genre, sorry.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is amazing. He took home the best actor award. If he doesn't win a 'best actor' Oscar for 'Capote,' I might have to do something drastic. Reese Witherspoon deservedly won a best actress award for her role as June Carter Cash in 'I Walk The Line.'

Paul Giamatti was honored as best supporting actor for his work in my other favorite film of the last year 'Cinderella Man.' It's about time he starts collecting awards. And Rachel Weisz won for best supporting actress for her role in 'The Constant Gardner,' a great movie that narrow mindedly takes big pharmaceutical companies to task.

tapped out?

Roll Call is reporting that DNC Chair Howard Dean, that paragon of honesty and integrity, has spent almost all of the Committee's cash ahead of the midterm elections.

I continue to find the delicious irony in the mere existence of Dean as the 'leader' of the Democrats.

Friday, January 27

unqualified

Democrat Francine Busby is running for the vacant Congressional seat of the 50th District previously held by Randy 'Duke' Cunningham. Her campaign is so ridiculous. And guess what? Although this is a very Conservative district she might very well win given that she and Chris Young are the only Liberals in the race against a slate of six Republican men.

As with most Democrats, there's not much 'there there,' however. Her campaign is quick to publicize the 'fact' that Busby, one of only two Democrats in the race, 'bests all in new poll.' But the press release fails to publish the poll results, leaving the reader, to take on faith the opinion of her campaign. Actually, the press release just mentions Bush and Cunningham. It doesn't even MENTION Busby! Wow. What an inspiring candidate.

Maybe it was just a typo.

What isn't in doubt is that Busby is the least qualified candidate. She certainly doesn't compare well with public servants like current Assemblyman Bill Morrow, former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, businessmen Ken King and Alan Uke, former Congressman Brian Bilbray and former San Diego Charger Scott Turner.

If one is to criticize the judgement of Cunningham, who showed extremely poor judgement in pocketing over $2 million worth of cash and gifts while in Congress, then we should be equally skeptical of a candidate like Busby who attempts to position herself as the candidate of 'honesty' and 'integrity,' but has also chosen to align her campaign with Air America Radio, which, in an attempt just to stay on the air (in spite of dismal ratings) stole nearly $1 million worth of illegal 'loans' from a charity that was ear-marked for inner-city kids and senior citizens in New York City.

I endorsed Bill Morrow last month. He's going to win because the district already knows, likes and respects him.

also from davos

Bono announced yesterday in Davos that he has partnered up with American Express, the Gap, Nike and Giorgio Armani to create a company called Product Red, which is wholly dedicated to raising capital for The Global Fund to combat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

A cornucopia of red branded products, some made in Africa--tshirts, credit cards, footwear, sunglasses, and rumored, a red Apple Computer--will be on the market soon.

"So, here we are, fat cats in the snow, and I say that as one," said the U2 frontman.

"I'm calling it conscious commerce for people who are awake, people who think about their spending power and say: 'I've got two jeans I can buy. One I know is made in Africa and is going to make a difference and the other isn't. What am I going to buy?' " Bono said.

In an interview, the 45-year-old Irish rocker said: "We can't do it just with governments alone. We're fighting a fire. The house is burning down. Let's get the water."

still bringin' it on

Ensconced in his mansion (actually his wife's mansion) in the Swiss Alps, self appointed 'Man Of The People' John Kerry has been in Davos all week long calling for a Democratic filibuster of Samuel Alito ahead of next Tuesday's confirmation vote.

Yeah, that Kerry sure can relate to the little guy.

Thursday, January 26

blackberry, r.i.p.

With all the patent infringement going on with Research In Motion and their flagship product, the ubiquitous Blackberry, I'm really glad I didn't buy one a few months ago.

Wednesday, January 25

'a great setback for peace'

Hamas won in a landslide, which is not surprising given the myth concocted by a sympathetic global media and some unexpected tactics.

In Bethlehem, for example. Hamas controls the city council and while working in conjunction with Mayor Victor Batarseh, have eliminated substantial government waste and corruption and have worked hard to improve the community through value-added reforms. The community first approach, rather than terror, is really the way Hamas has ingratiated itself across Palestine.

Of course that is not to say that Hamas has abandoned terror. They haven't. Rather, the Palestine-loving (or Zionist-hating, whichever you prefer) press excuses the terror and promotes the community relations part of the Hamas program.

So what have we learned here? We've learned that [1] ceding one's land (in this case, Gaza) to terrorists is a fool hardy and temporary path to 'peace,' and [2] terror works to the extent that it causes over-reaction and over-compromise in vital matters of state, and [3] the election of the Hamas-majority government now has virtually guaranteed the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as the next Prime Minister of Israel, who called the Hamas landslide 'a great setback for peace.'

Meanwhile the words of President Bush are ringing in my ears...'you are either with us or you are with the terrorists...' Today Bush said "if your platform is the destruction of Israel, it means you're not a partner in peace, and we're interested in peace."

Tuesday, January 24

censorship

Last week the Federal Government asked Google to release some search information from a particular week in December, ostensibly for counter terrorism purposes. The company balked, citing free speech reasons.

Ironically, today Google agreed to censor ITSELF in China.

If I owned Google stock, I'd sell.

disney + pixar = $7.4 billion

"Disney and Pixar can now collaborate without the barriers that come from two different companies with two different sets of shareholders," said Steve Jobs in a statement. "Now, everyone can focus on what is most important, creating innovative stories, characters and films that delight millions of people around the world."

Good thing Jobs and Disney CEO Bob Iger get along because the alliance was set to expire after the release of this summer's sure-fire hit 'Cars.'

chris penn dies

Chris Penn, the 40 year old brother of Oscar winner Sean Penn, was found dead at a condo in Santa Monica on Tuesday.

CNN is reporting that '[Penn's] body was found inside the four-story condominium complex after police were called by someone from within the building,' according to Lt. Frank Fabrega. There were no signs of foul play.

Film credits include "Mulholland Falls," "Rumble Fish," "All the Right Moves," "Footloose" and "Rush Hour." He also played Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino crime drama "Reservoir Dogs."

His latest film, "The Darwin Awards," premiers tomorrow at the Sundance Film Festival.

election day for palestinians

It is predicted that 1.3 million Palestinians are headed to the polls today to vote on the first Parliamentary elections in over a decade, a vital step in the push for Palestinian statehood.

Will it be Hamas or will it be the Fatah Party taking control?

Stay tuned.

sacrilege

I'm not easily offended, but these ridiculous singers with single digit I.Q.'s really try my patience. And Kanye West posing on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone as Jesus Christ is particularly irksome.

And completely unacceptable. But what else could you possibly expect from West, a self avowed liar and racist?

"If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained," he says. "My misery is your pleasure."

West poses as Muhammad Ali inside the magazine too and claims that "his hit song "Gold Digger" was the best song last year and that it should have been nominated for the Grammy's best rap song category."

"That's a gimme Grammy," he said.

Uh, not if it wasn't nominated, it wasn't. Dumbass.

totally legal

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke yesterday at the Georgetown University Law Center. Interesting reading, especially for all you who believe the NSA wiretapping is illegal.

Everyone who takes that position relies on FISA, a law passed by Congress in 1978, that says that the government must obtain a warrant from a special FISA court before conducting electronic surveillance. The constitutionality of this law is itself in question.

It seems to me that this argument is shallow, given the fact that in no way can a '78 law usurp the US Constitution, unless that law happens to be an Constitutional amendment. I don't believe FISA was ever intended to be that.

The point of all of this, of course, is to PROTECT America and American citizens. Bush said those very words yesterday in a speech at the University of Kansas. That is THE job of the President, above everything else.

Which makes the blather about this case all the more absurd. In fact, this latest controversy, which is really a non controversy, is the latest incarnation of Bush hatred. In short, there's not a lot to talk about. The President has extraordinary wartime powers guaranteed under the Constitution. The NSA wiretapping is completely legal, it is reviewed every 45 days, vetted by D.O.J. and White House counsel and given full brief to Congressional leaders.

But don't take my word for it. Read the Attorney General's opinion.

trust

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum has a great op-ed on the American Enterprise Institute website, which is linked above.

According to Frum, former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin was run out of office yesterday because he was untrustworthy. The Bush Administration learned this fact over the past several years, but apparently the Canadian public only learned about this matter recently.

Nevertheless, Frum gives two examples: One, Martin had led President Bush to believe that Canada would opt-in the US missile defense plan. Then, at a summit in Ottawa, Martin reversed course, greatly angering Bush.

Frum then claims that Bush disliked former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder more than French President Jacques Chirac, due to Chirac's consistent position on Iraq. Schroeder broke a promise that he made to Bush that he wouldn't use Iraq as a campaign issue when he ran for re-election.

Two, Martin criticized US environmental policy in a UN conference in Montreal. "

Ambassador Frank McKenna requested a meeting to explain the Prime Minister's remarks. He was received by the head of the White House Office on Environmental Quality, who complained about the singling out of the United States. McKenna wrote up the complaint in a cable, sent it to Ottawa--where the Prime Minister's Office leaked it to the press, spinning it as a story of American arrogance and Canadian defiance: The "White House" "summoning" an ambassador for a "tongue-lashing." Martin on the hustings proudly announced he would not be "dictated to" (the headlines said "bullied") by the United States."

With the election of Stephen Harper, it is finally time for a fresh start, with, in Frum's words, 'the young prime minister leading Canada (at long last) back to the grown-ups' table. That change will be welcomed in Washington. It should be even more strongly welcomed where it matters most: in Canada."

'political grounds'

Whenever we have a Senate confirmation hearing for a SCOTUS nominee I'm always reminded of the non-obstructionist tactics the GOP used back in the '90s with Clinton's nominees Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer, two ackowledged Liberals.

The position of the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee and the Republican members of the Senate then was that Bill Clinton, the duly elected President of the United States, had the Constitutional right to nominate anybody he wanted, and as long as the nominees were qualified, they would be confirmed. And in the cases of both Ginsberg and Breyer, they were, even though the Republicans could have very easily voted no on political grounds.

I realize that many, many nominees were not confirmed during the Clinton years and as payback, many, many of Bush's nominees have not been confirmed either. I only mention this fact in broad terms and I mention it here today in the wake of Samuel Alito vote, which fell directly by partisan lines, 10-8.

This is a tawdry development given the fact that Alito has served with distinction at the Federal Level the past 15 years and has received the ABA's highest rating. These two things alone should have provided Alito with an 18-0 vote today in Committee and a near unanimous vote as early as this Friday on the floor of the Senate.

Instead there were eight Liberal Senators who 'believe' that Alito's nomination 'threatens the fundamental rights and liberties' of Americans, as Pat Leahy (D-VT) said. Or as Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) put it, 'I, for one, really believe that there comes a time that you just have to stand up especially when you truly believe that the majority of people in America believe what you do.'

Right. Here's what I believe, Dianne. If you watched the hearings you were very likely impressed by Judge Alito's demeanor and command of the law. Just like Chief Justice Roberts, I think Samuel Alito is going to be a great addition to the High Court.

wolfowitz

Last I heard, the World Bank was ecstatic over the performance--the mere presence, really--of Paul Wolfowitz. In short, he wasn't quite the bastard they expected him to be.

But hold the phone. Now, however, there's a problem. Specifically, some career World Bank staff members are finding fault with the recent appointment of a Wolfowitz advisor who has ties with the Republican Party. And shocker--most of his inner sanctum are--REPUBLICANS!

Is this a surprise?

Also in dispute is the opinion of some that the World Bank president has yet to 'set a course' for his term.

The first great challenge is to streamline the Bank's management. Last year there were some 30 vice presidents working directly under Wolfowitz. Again, hardly surprising that he's taking his time to put his own people in place.

Once that task is complete, watch out, 'cause Wolfie's a reformer.

oops

'the capacity of freedom to achieve peace'

President Bush gave the best speech I've ever heard him give yesterday at Kansas State University.

About achieving peace:

"...One of my favorite ways to describe my belief in the capacity of freedom to help achieve peace -- not only security for the American people, but peace -- is to give people the example of my dad and me, in terms of Japan.

My dad was an 18-year-old kid and went to fight the Japanese. I promise you, a lot of folks here, relatives, did the same thing. They were called into action because the enemy had attacked us. They were the sworn enemy of the United States of America. It was a brutal war against the Japanese. Took a lot of lives -- Japanese lives and American lives -- to win that war. And, today, like my recent trip to the Far East, I sit down with Prime Minister Koizumi, who is the Japanese Prime Minister, and talk about the peace. Now, think about that. I particularly want the students to think about what took place when 18-year-old President 41 was fighting the Japanese, and 59-year-old 43 -- that would be me -- is talking to the Prime Minister of the former enemy about peace. And you know what took place? A Japanese-style democracy came to be."

About the NSA wiretapping controversy:

"These are not phone calls within the United States, it's a phone call of an Al Qaeda, known Al Qaeda suspect making a phone call into the United States. If [terrorists] are making a call to the United States, we need to know why, to protect you.

It's amazing when people say to me, 'Well, he's just breaking the law.' If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress? Federal courts have consistently ruled that a president has authority under the Constitution to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance against our enemies. Predecessors of mine have used that same constitutional authority."

About decision making:

"In order to make good decisions, you've got to rely upon the judgment of people you trust. I'll never forget the first decision I had to make as the President. I wasn't even sworn in yet, and a fellow called me on the phone and he said, what color rug do you want to have in the Oval Office? You've got to be kidding me, man. He said, no, what color rug would you like to have in the Oval Office? I said, I don't know. He said, well, it turns out that Presidents -- you've just got to know Presidents design their rugs. I said, well, to be honest with you, I don't know much about designing rugs.

So I called, I delegated -- that's one of the things you do in decision-making. I said, Laura, how about helping design the rug? Part of being a decision-maker, though, is you've got to help -- you've got to think strategically. And so I said to her -- she said, what color do you want? I said, make it say this: optimistic person comes here to work every single day. You can't lead the nation, you can't make good decisions unless you're optimistic about the future.

So for the students here, as you take over organizations or head out of college and become involved in your life, you've got to be optimistic about -- if you're going to lead somebody. Imagine somebody saying, follow me, the world is going to be worse. That's not a very good organizing principle about which to lead people. I'm optimistic about our future, and the reason I am is because I believe so strongly in what America stands for: liberty and freedom and human rights, and the human dignity of every single person."

I encourage you to read the entire speech. It's fantastic.

right on

The LA Times' Joel Klein is a nifty writer. Today, he's written a column that declares flatly that he doesn't support the troops.

"I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition."

I love Klein's honesty. It's what frustrates many of us who attempt to engage in intelligent political discourse, this absurd position of many Liberals who attempt to have it both ways with regard to Iraq policy. As I have argued in this space and others more times that I care to recall, you cannot support the troops and NOT support the mission. It simply cannot be done.

You're against the war? Good for you. I could care less. I'll tell you why you're wrong and why invading Iraq was the correct thing to do on the merits all day long. But you've got to come to your position in an intellectually honest way.

Kudos to Klein for recognizing that fact.

Monday, January 23

conservatives take canada back from leftist freaks

Nearly 65% of Canadians voted on Monday, a number, and a level of involvement, that we in America should emulate.

Congratulations to the new Prime Minister Stephen Harper and to the Conservatives who now hold 124 seats in Parliament, compared to 103 for the Liberals, 51 for Bloc Québécois and 29 for the New Democratic Party.

BTW, had the Conservatives been able to capture 155 seats they would have become the Majority.

sweeping the globe?

Much in the same way that the world's elected leaders tilted Left during the Clinton years, I think we are now in the midst of a Conservative tilt. Germany, Italy, Britain, Australia, Ukraine, Poland, Portugal, Japan, and now Canada all have leaders from the center Right.

Another Bush legacy?

portugal elects conservative

The conservative candidate, Anibal Cavaco Silva, (the former finance minister and prime minister) was elected President of Portugal on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see how Cavaco Silva works with the center Left Socialist government that was elected last year.

keep reading

Shelby Steele, in an op-ed in today's WSJ, provides the entire quote from Hillary Clinton's 'plantation' speech last week.

"I say Republicans run the House like a plantation because I am speaking to Negroes -- the wretched of the earth, a slave people -- who will surely know all about plantations."

This is outrageous. Imagine if a Republican, any Republican--even Condi Rice or Colin Powell--uttered these words, there would be universal condemnation. But because a Democrat, and a Clinton, no less, said it, not only is it acceptable, it is also considered to be mainstream thought shared by the majority of Americans.

The non-coverage of the entire quote is equally outrageous.

But there's no such thing as a Liberal media.

Sunday, January 22

also ran

NBC canceled 'West Wing.' Those Liberals just can't get a break lately, can they?

Saturday, January 21

liberalism always fails

My neighbor Phil is Canadian. Ahead of Monday's Canadian Federal Elections, he shared with me an email that he received from a buddy back home, the contents of which I will share with you:

"The Liberals, first Jean Chretien and now Paul Martin, have held power since 1993. In that time,

Taxes have increased.
The National debt has increased.
Personal expenses have increased.
The waiting time to see a doctor has increased.
Crime has increased.
Education costs have increased.
Governmental interference has increased.
Personal debt has increased.
Personal income has stayed the same.
Savings have decreased.
Buying power of the Canadian dollar has decreased both in Canada and the United States.
Trust in elected officials, in the justice system and in the immigration system has decreased."

The email went on to explain that Liberals have controlled Canadian government for 35 of the past 37 years.

"Pierre Trudeau--a multimillionaire lawyer from Quebec
Brian Mulroney--a multimillionaire lawyer from Quebec
Chretien--a multimillionaire lawyer from Quebec
Martin--a multimillionaire lawyer from Quebec?

Stephen Harper, the Conservative candidate is not a lawyer, not a multi-millionaire and not from Quebec. Harper says that the Conservative party will reduce taxes, pay off the national debt and shrink the size and influence of the Federal Government."

Sounds great. I hope this 10 point lead the Conservatives currently have in the polls holds true when the ballots are cast.

Friday, January 20

january 20, 1981

Twenty five years ago today I was home from school because I had the flu. I sat on the couch, drank tea and watched the inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

stephen harper

The federal election in Canada is this coming Monday and the Conservatives, led by Stephen Harper, look poised to score a big victory, not because of economic issues or health care or terrorism.

No, the big issues this time around are Paul Martin and the Liberals' record on corruption and crime and their role in making Canada largely irrelevant in the world.

Harper believes in empowering people, not government, by lowering taxes, streamlining bureaucracy, fighting crime and securing Canada's borders.

Thursday, January 19

reform this

For all the bluster about lobbying reform and campaign finance reform, there is one thing that remains clear: Elected officials in Washington, from both political parties, are not truly committed reforming the system.

Notice how all the proposed changes don't affect the elected representatives. And God forbid they'd ever consider voting for term limits. Congresspeople and Senators live so high on the hog, they'd be crazy to willingly give it up.

Not exactly what the Founders had in mind.

From the WSJ:

"Sometimes politics is too hilariously predictable. In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, the two parties are now competing to see who can most loudly denounce the least significant Beltway practices. So in addition to banning lunch with lobbyists, Mr. Hastert is also proposing a ban on "privately sponsored travel" by House Members."

"We guess this means no more lobbyist-paid foreign-policy tours of the Middle East, or of the back nine at St. Andrews. Instead, taxpayers will pick up the tab for the air fare, and the Members will find some other way to finance their green fees. And this is supposed to make us feel better about Congress?"

"The Democratic reforms announced yesterday are just as amusingly slight. Take the "Tony Rudy Reform," which Ms. Pelosi named after the former Tom DeLay aide now under investigation in the Abramoff probe. Among other things, this epic legislation would "eliminate floor privileges for former Members of Congress." Presumably these lobbyists would have to use the telephone or email instead."

"By the way, the Washington Post reports that the GOP lunch ban as proposed wouldn't apply if the Members also receive a campaign contribution as they tuck into their Dover sole. By this logic, it is corrupting for a lobbyist to dine with a Member merely to discuss, say, public policy. But it is not corrupting if the lobbyist brings along a pack of $2,000 checks that go to ensure the Congressperson's re-election. This fine ethical distinction would stump Thomas Aquinas."

"The truth is that none of this will truly reduce corruption any more than the many previous lobbying reforms did, or the campaign finance reform of 1974 did, or the McCain-Feingold reform of 2002 did. Money always finds a way in politics, as the American people instinctively understand."

"And because these reforms largely restrict the behavior of Americans who aren't in Congress, they have the cumulative effect of further insulating politicians from accountability by voters and their delegates, some of whom are lobbyists. We doubt it's an accident that the rate of incumbent re-election has only increased in recent decades along with the proliferation of lobbyist and campaign-finance restrictions."

"If the Members were serious about reform, they'd put in place rules that restrict themselves. They could insist, for example, that at least three days pass after final legislation is drafted, so they could actually read the bills before they vote on them. Or they could eliminate spending "earmarks," which have proliferated under GOP rule and are now a preferred way that Members pay off lobbyists. At a collective cost to taxpayers of about $27 billion in Fiscal 2005, earmarks are a lot more expensive than a free lunch."

reid apologizes

Harry Reid, (pictured above, looking earnest) wants to apologize to GOP Senators for 'going too far' in a 'Republican Abuse of Power' report released by his office yesterday? That's a nice start.

I wouldn't accept the apology until the dirty Senator from Nevada returns the $60,000 he received from Jack Abramoff.

See, Harry, it's not 'just a Republican scandal,' as you have said repeatedly. In fact, Abramoff's tentacles are equally entwined between Democrats and Republicans. Everyone knows it. It's time you admit it.

Return the cash. Then we'll talk about that apology.

osama sounds like a democrat

Osama bin Laden released a new video tape today, calling for a truce. A truce? Waving the white flag? We REALLY must be winning.

Reading the text, attached for you above, I can't tell if this is anti Bush propaganda from the al Qaeda leader or election year rhetoric from the Democrats. It sounds exactly the same.

Examples:

"The torturing of men has reached the point of using chemical acids and electric drills in their joints. If they become desperate with them, they put the drill on their heads until death.

If you like, read the humanitarian reports on the atrocities and crimes in the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo."

"The wise ones know that Bush has no plan to achieve his alleged victory in Iraq."

"If you compare the small number of the dead when Bush made that false and stupid show-like announcement from an aircraft carrier on the end of the major operations, to many times as much as this number of the killed and injured, who fell in the minor operations, you will know the truth in what I am saying, and that Bush and his administration do not have neither the desire nor the will to withdraw from Iraq for their own dubious reasons."

The anti-war Liberal Democrats can no longer claim that people on my side are wrong for calling them anti-American. Not only are the anti-war Democrats anti-American, they can now be called friends and allies of Osama bin Laden.

One more thing to thing about from Osama:

"Finally, I would like to tell you that the war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever as the wind blows in this direction with God's help."

We had better win. And that means we, as a nation, must unite. Remember the words of President Bush: "You are either with us or you are with the terrorists."

If Osama plays his cards right, he may still be able to get on the ballot in California, Massachusetts or New York this year. I know some wacky Liberals who would probably vote for him.

Wednesday, January 18

controversy

Steven Spielberg was counting on his latest film, 'Munich,' to bring him his first Academy Award. Turns out there's a couple of problems with his plan.

One, the film is a dud. It cost $70 million to produce, but it's only made an anemic $34 million domestically. That's a bomb no matter how his agent tries to spin it.

Two, Universal execs have decided to invest the studio's hefty Oscar marketing budget on 'Brokeback Mountain.'

While I haven't seen 'Munich,' I was extremely disappointed that the screenplay was written by congenital liar (and Israel hater) Tony Kushner.

released tomorrow

The Barrett Report, long delayed, is finally going to be released tomorrow and it will alledge that a cover-up by senior members of the Clinton Administration effectively saved ex-cabinet member Henry Cisneros from being implicated in a tax fraud case.

The 11-year, $23 million probe, claims that the Clinton coverup succeeded, in large measure because then IRS Commissioner Peggy Richardson was a friend of Hillary Clinton. Richardson, who is not named in the final report because the Clinton's law firm Williams & Connelly lobbied Barrett to omit any reference to Richardson.

Back in '99, Cisneros admitted that he had made payments, while Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to a woman who had been his mistress.

Barrett accuses top Clinton officials, including senior IRS lawyer Barry Finkelstein, of covering up Cisneros' tax fraud case by transferring it to two inexperienced lawyers in Washington.

more dead terrorists?

I like dead terrorists.

According to Pakistani intelligence, three additional al Qaeda terrorists believed to have been killed last week, in addition to Midhat Mursi, are Abdul Rehman Al-Misri al Maghribi, a son-in-law of al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri.

Midhat Murfi al Sayid Omer, an expert in explosives and poisons who carried a $5 million U.S. reward on his head.

And Abu Obaidah al Misri, al Qaeda's chief of operations in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province.

al qaeda's 'master' bomb maker dead

ABC News is reporting that al Qaeda's master bomb maker was killed in last week's US airstrike in Pakistan.

Midhat Mursi, 52, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, trained the famous 'Shoe Bomber' Richard Reid as well as Zacharias Mousssaoui and 'hundreds of others.' Mursi also found the time to run the infamous Ahghanistan training camp known as Derunta, where he conducted chemical and poison experiments on dogs and other animals.

I hope Mursi's enjoying his virgins.

Tuesday, January 17

the globes

Does Hollywood have a gay agenda?

In the aftermath of the Golden Globes last night it would appear very much so.

'Brokeback Mountain,' the gay cowboy movie, was honored for dramatic film, director and screenplay honors. Philip Seymour Hoffman, won best actor in a drama for his portrayal of the famously gay Truman Capote and Felicity Hoffman won best actress in a dram for her role in the film 'TransAmerica,' a story about a man who becomes a woman.

'Brokeback,' which is the worst name for any movie in history, cost $14 million to make and to date has raked in $32,302,517 by showing in 683 screens By contrast, 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' which cost $180 million to produce, has taken in $585,508,859 and is currently showing on 3,853 screens

It's not about money. If it were, all we'd see are movies like 'King Kong,' 'Narnia' and 'Shrek' and 'Star Wars,' all the time. No, there's a particular P.O.V. Hollywood wants us to pay special attention to. Not only is it okay to be gay, but it's fabulous being gay.

And it's equally cool and desirable to be a Liberal nutcase while being fiercely anti-corporation and big business, which is why George Clooney won a best supporting actor for 'Syriana,' the anti-big oil film, while Rachel Weisz won best supporting actress for the anti-big pharmaceutical drama 'The Constant Gardner.'

the kurdish north

Given all the problems with the trial of Saddam Hussein thus far, it makes lots of sense to move the trial from Baghdad to the Northern Kurdish province. At least it would be secure.

So far, the trial hasn't been particularly conducive to truth telling and justice. Rather, it has been a kangaroo court, with a judge (Presiding Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, pictured above) that has allowed Hussein and his lawyers to monkey around, to intimidate, to posture and postulate. It's been a complete waste of time.

Let's get on with it already. Move the trial up North.

google snaps up dmarc

Google is acquiring radio-advertising company dMarc as part of its extended strategy to control the movements, habits and lives of every man, woman and child on Earth.

dMark, operates and advertising system that automates radio ad buying and provides tools that aid and track ad placements.

From the WSJ: "DMarc's system lets advertisers purchase and track radio ads in real time using a Web-based interface that connects directly to more than 500 radio stations. Broadcasters can automatically schedule and bill for spots. DMarc is also the radio industry's largest on-air studio systems provider with more than 4,600 broadcast clients."

speaking of chocolate...

Just what we needed. Chocolate vodka shots. Tequila and schnapps shots, too, from the fine folks @ Russian Vodka Shots in the U.K.

I like their slogan: 'Not messy, just blooming gorgeous!'

fourth amendment

The argument against Bush, the NSA and so-called 'illegal' wiretapping is that it violates individual privacy, right? But the word 'privacy' is never mentioned in the Fourth Amendment.

D'oh! The Left has been discredited again. What a bunch of Homers.

i had a chocolate milkshake for lunch...does that make me a racist?

We talk about double standards and hypocrisy quite a bit here @ R.F.L.

Yesterday, two glaring examples:

First, Hillary Clinton played the race card yesterday by saying, “When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about..."

Second, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said, "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country. Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."

Nagin then went on to promise that New Orleans will be a "chocolate" city again.

This guy Nagin cracks me up. He's not smart enough to make plans to use school buses to evacuate the poor before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans but he's smart enough to know the mind of Almighty God with regard to storm patterns, American history and sociology.

Comparing the GOP House leadership to slave owners? Openly waxing about the ethnic population of a major American city? Advocating a city with only black residents? Are you kidding me? These are just outrageous comments. Imagine if Republicans, not Democrats, had spoken these words? There would be hell to pay.

Hey, I want San Diego to be a 'vanilla' city. Just kidding...

Monday, January 16

12.01 am

Clarence Ray Allen, who has been on Death Row for 23 years--23 YEARS!!!--is going to be executed tonight, despite his claims that he's 'too old.'

Allen, 76, who is blind, nearly deaf and confined to a wheelchair, is claiming that his pending death by legal injection tonight at midnight would be cruel and unusual punishment because of his age and myriad health problems.

He also claims that his lengthy stay on Death Row (see above) amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Nice try, codger.

loser

It's funny hearing Gore criticize Bush for eavesdropping when he and Clinton did the exact same thing. Talk about hypocrisy.

iran bans cnn

Maybe Iran isn't so bad after all: The government of President Ahmadinejad has banned CNN in his country after Iranian born reporter Christiane Amanpour mistakenly translated Ahmadinejad's comments about nuclear weapons.

Amanpour reported that the President said "the use of nuclear weapons is Iran's right," when what he actually said was "Iran has the right to nuclear energy."

This cracks me up. Amanpour is such a hack journalist and CNN is such a hack cable news outlet. Rarely does she get her facts straight and rarely does she not editorialize her stories.

chile votes for a fraud

Michelle Bachelet, a socialist, has been elected the new President of Chile.

The 54 year old Bachelet, often described as a 'single mother,' actually has children with two different men, and once lived with another man who had ties to terrorist groups.

What a great prospective leader! I'm stuck by the remarkable similarities between a socialist candidate in Chile and Liberal candidates in America.

From the NYT: 'a pediatrician who has not held an elective office but who has been minister of health and defense, [Bachelet] is the daughter of a general who died in prison after the overthrow of Salvador Allende in 1973."

"She has had three children by two men, one of whom she never married, and lived with another who had links to a guerrilla group, according to recent biographies. She is not married and identifies herself publicly as agnostic."

mlk

Black people today in America are equal to the other races. Blacks hold positions of power in elected government, in corporate America, in specialized fields like medicine and law and they have unlimited opportunities in education.

Take a trip to the South. Everything is integrated. It's amazing. I never thought I'd see the day, especially in places like Louisiana, where the races now eat together in restaurants. Twenty years ago it wasn't that way.

Today, Martin Luther King Day 2006, I believe Dr. King's dream has been largely achieved. In fact, I believe if King were alive today he would be both amazed and surprised at what he would see.

I say amazed because of the tremendous progress that has been made. A black woman is the Secretary of State? A black man is head of Housing and Urban Development? A black man is CEO of Time Warner? A black man is the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. King would be ecstatic.

I also think MLK would be dismayed at the culture of entitlement and bigotry present in the black community and the so-called Democratic Party today. I believe King would be horrified to see the way Liberal politicians use blacks every election cycle to reinforce the myth that the American dream is not as attainable for the black as it is for the white or the asian or the muslim among us.

Sunday, January 15

24

Jack's back and now he's battling the Russians and mobile suitcase nukes. Oh and David Palmer was assasinated, along with two former CTU agents.

another sunday

I'm sitting here on a sunday morning, drinking coffee and pouring over the NYT, killing time before the Steelers-Colts game.

The 'A' section amuses me, for the anti-Bush glow in the reporting (and the writing) in articles about the Supreme Court and a missle attack in Pakistan. The clear implication, of course, is that Bush, the imperial president, has been imposing his will on the world at large since '01.

Next sunday they should just print a huge masthead on the front page, all caps, that says, 'DEMOCRATS, WOULD YOU START WINNING ELECTIONS, ALREADY?'

Then I come to a feature about Bahrain, and how bloggers and satellite television are feeding a hunger for freedom and Democracy. Yes, the citizens of another pan Arabian country are believing they too could be free, free from dictatorship and oppression.

On one hand, the NYT bashes Bush as the cause of everything that's evil, screwy and wrong with the world. Then on the other hand, they print a story that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bush Doctrine works.

But man, that Bush sure is an idiot, isn't he? Liberating 56 million people? What a fool. He's not very smart. He's the worst President, ever.

Friday, January 13

angie and george

Listening to the Bush/Merkel press conference this morning I was touched by what the President said about former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. He wished him well.

How remarkable is Bush's continual graciousness? After all, Schroeder, was one of W's most virulent European critics. If I were Bush my tendency would be to tell Schroeder to kiss my grits. I'd probably even be tempted to seek some revenge of some sort.

Not Bush. He's a true man among men. We could all learn from this type of behavior, and I place myself at the front of that line. I need to become nicer and more genteel with those whom I disagree.

Thursday, January 12

kevin faulconer

My buddy Kevin just won San Diego's District 2 City Council seat.

I sat in Faulconer's office a few years ago after he narrowly lost in the same District. We talked about how he'd win at some point. I always knew he would.

Just what the Council needs is a guy, a PR exec., someone with a clear sense of the community, what's possible, what's realistic. Faulconer is sharp. He's honest. I'm excited for him and for the District.

Congratulations, Big Guy. You're going to a very welcome change, after the last guy, that slug Mike Zucchet. I'm proud of you.

disposable cell phones

Not just for losers and vagrants anymore. No, disposable cell phones are being bought by--dramatic pause--terrorists!

New Year's Eve in Hemet, CA, according to the NYT: "In one New Year's Eve transaction at a Target store in Hemet, Calif., 150 disposable tracfones were purchased. Suspicious store employees notified police, who called in the FBI, law enforcement sources said."

"And on December 18: 'In an earlier incident, at a Wal-mart store in Midland, Texas, on December 18, six individuals attempted to buy about 60 of the phones until store clerks became suspicious and notified the police. A Wal-mart spokesperson confirmed the incident."

"The Midland, Texas, police report dated December 18 and obtained by ABC News states: "Information obtained by MPD [Midland Police Department] dispatch personnel indicated that approximately six individuals of Middle-Eastern origin were attempting to purchase an unusually large quantity of tracfones (disposable cell phones with prepaid minutes attached)." At least one of the suspects was identified as being from Iraq and another from Pakistan, officials said."

"Upon the arrival of officers, suspects were observed moving away from the registers — appearing to evade detection while ridding themselves of the merchandise."

All the more reason to do what President Bush has said. Renew the Patriot Act.

Also from the NYT: "Law enforcement officials can now use what's now called roving wiretaps, which will prevent a terrorist from switching cell phones to get a message out to one of his buddies," Bush said.

homework

We get pretty serious around R.F.L. sometimes. I recognize that.

So I'd like to introduce my readers to a fabulous blog that I read everyday, DC Shenanigans. The lovely and talented Rebecca Knox is well deserving of your time. She's a brilliant writer, witty, wise and oh, so urban. Drop by her blog and say hello.

Also, please take a look @ my new blog, LaceThemUp.blogspot.com. It's a sports blog. Absolutely no politics, I promise. Go read and post some comments.

Muchas gracias.

environmental lies

Last night I caught Elizabeth Vargas introducing a segment on World News Tonight about global warming wiping out 'many, many' different types of animal species.

'Many, many. Just gone FOREVER,' Vargas exclaimed, slightly panicked.

Then this morning in the San Diego Union Tribune I saw a piece about how global warming is just killing frogs. Nary of mention of the 'many, many species.'

So, which is it? Is global warming wiping out 'many, many' animals or is it just killing frogs? Someone please tell me. I won't be able to sleep tonight if I don't get an answer to this vital question.

How sinister is this radical environmental agenda? It's all just a big lie. Scary. And scary that so many people believe these lies.

shadegg for house leader?

A new face has emerged in the battle for the position of Majority Leader in the US House of Representatives: Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona, who is planning to challenge Missouri's Roy Blunt (the interim Leader) and (my choice) Michigan's John Boehner.

surplus

Federal government receipts were up for the month of December to 12.1 percent from a year ago to $241.88 billion while government spending rose by a slower 5.6 percent to $230.9 billion.

That's a surplus, my friends, any way you choose to slice it. Actually, it is the first budget surplus for the month of December in three years as, listen up, CORPORATE TAX PAYMENTS HIT AN ALL TIME HIGH.

Take that all you tax and spend Liberals! All you morons, forever bitching and moaning about corporate loopholes. As usual, you don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about.

'gravely concerned'

After more than two years of discussions, the G3 nations--Britain, France and Germany--have concluded that negotiations with Iran at this point are fruitless and have referred the matter of Iran and nuclear weapons to the United Nations Security Council.

Secretary of State Rice is said to be 'gravely concerned,' and with good reason. Anytime the UN gets involved in anything, it's nothing but trouble.

Pictured above is the Natanz nuclear complex in Iran, where, ostensibly, uranium is being enriched just ahead of the creation of a full scale nuclear weapon. I think Iran might even already be in possession of at least two nuclear warheads at this point.

Mohammed ElBaradei, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog writes in a report to his agency, the IAEA, (the International Atomic Energy Agency) that Iran intends to begin "small-scale" uranium enrichment work,' and that 'Iran plans to install a small-scale gas ultracentrifuge cascade in its pilot fuel enrichment plant at Natanz.'

Oh, is that all? More grave concern. While Iran pledges its commitment to wiping Israel off the map, the anti-American ElBaradei would like nothing better than to wipe the United States off the map.

What a great example of rudderless leadership Europe provides. Talking for two years? How awesome would it be for the US to launch a strike on Tehran that paralyzed both the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad, while simultaneously securing all of Iran's nuclear materials and weaponry?

shame

The treatment of Samuel Alito by members of the so-called Democratic Party this week is an abomination to the Constitution of the United States. It's not what the Founders had in mind.

Politics is a rough business, I understand. Robust, vigorous debate is fair play. I welcome it. But the type of behavior employed by the Democrats since 2000 is simply deplorable. I didn't think it could possibly get any worse, but I was wrong. It seems to worsen every day.

The word 'Democrat' has become a pejorative. It disgusts me. They disgust me. I sincerely hope that I'm not the only one.

Wednesday, January 11

issa endorses bilbray

Congressman Darrell Issa is a good man. I've been to his house, met his wife and son. I happen to disagree with him over his endorsement of former Congressman Brian Bilbray to fill Randy "Duke" Cunningham's seat, but that's because of my support for Bill Morrow, whom I believe would be a much better choice to represent San Diego in Washington DC.

"When you are looking for someone who is trusted and proven and who has been in the arena and has been bloodied a bit you could not find a better person than Brian Bilbray," said Issa.

Other candidates in the race include two Democrats – Francine Busby and Chris Young – and six Republicans. The GOP candidates are state Sen. Bill Morrow, R-Oceanside; former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian of San Marcos; former Del Mar mayor Richard Earnest; businessman Alan Uke of Del Mar and Ken King of Rancho Santa Fe.

The 50th Congressional District runs along the North County Coast from Carlsbad south to Del Mar and also includes the cities of San Marcos and Escondido as well as the neighborhoods of Rancho Santa Fe, University City, La Jolla and Rancho Bernardo.

politics is local

Everybody is down on Governor Schwarzenegger, he of the swollen lip after his motorcycle crash. People out West are saying he's no different than his predecessor, Gray Davis. Not true.

In his new budget, Arnold exposed the fact that since he's been in office, what's known as the 'structural deficit' is down, from $17 billion under Davis, to the current level of $5 billion under Schwarzenegger.

Good news for all Californians. And more good news for Arnold: He won't be charged in the motorcycle crash involving himself, his son, Patrick and another motorist. Whew!

Here in San Diego, the hits just keep on coming. First, we had yet another election yesterday to decide two vacant city council seats. In District 2, my buddy Kevin Faulconer holds a narrow 544 vote lead over environmental attorney Lorena Gonzalez. There are an additional 1,600 absentee ballots left to be counted in this race, so Kev, remember, absentees usually bode well for GOP candidates. Hang in there, Dude.

In District 8, Ben Hueso swept past the eminently more qualified candidate Luis Acle, with 2/3 of the vote. To put this into context, our recently elected Mayor, Jerry Sanders, overwhelmingly won throughout the city of San Diego. One of the few places he didn't fare well was in District 8.

Also in my city, news today focused on the revelation that our former Mayor and his attorney, plus four current city council members and their attorneys, are actively seeking to keep under wraps legal bills stemming from the controversial San Diego city pension case.

The lawyers represent former San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy and council members Toni Atkins, Jim Madaffer, Brian Maienschein (my old high school classmate) and Scott Peters.

Here's my position: All current San Diego city council members should resign, effective immediately. Too much corruption, too many unanswered questions, too much mystery going on. We just need a big hose to clean City Hall out completely.

alito's wife cries


Martha Alito, after especially harsh questioning of her husband by Senators Feinstein, Kennedy and Schumer, started crying and left the confirmation proceedings tonight.

Moveon.org and Soros must have called the DNC last night and threatened to pull their money if they didn't bloody Alito a bit.

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley said it best: "Your critics are grasping at any straw to tarnish your record."

Tuesday, January 10

eyes don't have it

I don't often listen to talk radio whacko Michael Savage, but I did this evening for a brief moment. What caught my ear was Savage bashing Matt Drudge, who as you know, is a a great source of information for me and what I do here @ R.F.L. Great variety of information, presented in a broadsheet format, easy to check and cross check.

Anyway, Savage is heaping rare praise upon Drudge for posting a photo of New York Senator Chuckie Schumer who was, according to Savage, picking his nose.

I think to myself, 'Dude. Gotta check that out.' So please note the above photo. Does that look like Schumer picking his nose to you? (Kent twidling thumbs, waiting for your response) Yeah. I didn't think so.

Mike Savage is an idiot, incapable of even seeing what's in front of him.

mr. nice guy

I loved hearing Bush warning Democrats about challenging America's Iraq policy for risk of giving "comfort to our adversaries." It's about time he said those exact words, which, by the way, are the words I've been using for a year and a half.

This morning I was reminded of the Bush mantra about 'changing the tone' of partisan politics when he came to DC five years ago. He tried and he continues to try, much to his credit, without much result on the Democrats' side of the aisle.

There was an article in today's WSJ about New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who, you might recall, in the days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina, was sharply critical of both his Governor and his President, rather than accepting a big part of the blame for the lack of storm preparation in his city.

When the President flew over New Orleans to survey the storm damage, both Nagin and LA Governor Blanco came aboard Air Force One. Nagin, who hadn't taken a hot shower in over a week, was given access to a private bathroom before he met the President.

You and I could look at that in one of two ways, but here's how I see it. The President of the United States, after being criticized by some no-name Mayor, didn't have to be nice to Nagin. But what did he do?

Bush is being charitable to his enemies when predicting Democratic defeat at the ballot box this November if they don't curb sharp anti-war rhetoric. Again, take that however you wish. I see it as a gentlemanly thing to do, to warn your opponents of their own demise if they don't immediately change course.

I say this to emphasize, yet again, that George W. Bush is one of the nicest guys you'd ever hope to meet. It's crystal clear to me and I didn't have to drink any Kool Aid.

kim jong il

North Korean leader Kim Jong il 'passed through' China on his way to Russia early today, according to sources.

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited North Korea back in October, ostensibly to persuade Kim to vanquish any nuclear ambititon. Since that time, Pyongyang's negotiating position has 'turned for the worse recently.' Perhaps this trip to China/Russia is an attempt to 'seek China's help' in 'turning things around,' particularly on 'financial sanctions.'
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